Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 3-16-2017

Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana  3-16-2017

Fishing Conditions

With the spring weather the spring fishing is really improving. The river is in great shape but there is still ice on the banks and the Town Access and Valley Garden are closed but people have been walking in. Pallisades still has some snow drift issues but that will be cleared up shortly. The rest of the river is game on. We have been doing best with stone fly stuff as well as worms, eggs, and very large copper johns. The fish are still concentrated in the deeper slower water and need the fly right in their face. This means a bunch of lead. Once you find the right combo of bugs and weight you should be good to go all day. The rainbows are starting to get colored up but no spawing activity reported yet. It will happen shortly. Guide trips out daily and new gear arriving each day. Stop in for the best bugs on the Madison.

Fly Patterns


Para midge 16, Buzz Ball 16, Renegade 16, Para Adams 16


Pats rubber legg in tan, olive or black 8-12, Hurless Stone 8-12, San juan worm red 10, San juan worm pink 10, Lazer Worm Pink 10, Crystal Meth Egg Pink 10, Copper John 8-10,


Buggers Black, sculpzilla 8, shelia 4, Sculpin the one 4,

More Info

USGS flow information


Shuttle Services:

Meadowlark Shuttles


Dorothy’s Shuttle Service
Quake to Ennis Lake

John Way Posted by John Way

Guide, Outfitter and chief bottle washer for the Tackle Shop.  Recently developing his inter web ninja skills. 

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